Copyright - Madison Woods

Copyright – Madison Woods

There was no panic, just a sense of urgency as the moment approached. Around the globe, defence shields were activated, isolating communities. We were prepared. Now it was up to families to ensure lockdown protocols were observed as rehearsed.

Children don’t grasp emergencies. They cried when TV and computer games were forbidden. Teens sulked as social media shut down.

The unthinkable, dismissed by some as alarmism, was happening.

Earth, the only other known inhabited planet, monitored closely for centuries, was getting serious – injecting funds and amalgamating telescope capacities.  Earth was listening to the universe. We had to be absolutely silent.


For Friday Fictioneers this week, my story takes an imaginative leap from the real events described in the Guardian article below. If anyone is out there, are we the kind of neighbours they’d want to get chummy with, I wonder? Click on the following link to read the article.


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this weekly flash fiction event.


The Parkes Observatory radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

24 thoughts on “Lockdown

  1. Brilliant. Letting the reader think of the approaching apocalypse and then it turns out these Aliens, who are so much like us, don’t want to be discovered. I wonder how long they can keep it up.


    • I think I agree with you. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve been under scrutiny for a long time – I wish we’d behaved better. It’s a big universe, and anything’s possible – that’s probably why interstellar stories are fun. Thanks for reading and commenting, Amy.

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